I could be wrong, but my guess now is he remains with the Wild as their No. 2 (for now). The Aeros would then end up with Wade Dubielewicz as the No. 1, Barry Brust as the No. 2 and Anton Khudobin will either head to Russia (just kidding) or end up minding the nets for a CHL team in Texas.
He is, I think (and as I clarify here after an original post) going to get traded this season. But now, to me, as to when just got a little murkier. I really like the deal I keep hearing that involves some Chicago Forward named Patrick Sharp and Corey Crawford, who would then create a nice backup war with Dubielewicz for the No. 2 job with the Wild. My take is CHI does not deal Sharp ... and Harding ends up in the Eastern Conference somewhere.
From the Minnesota Wild media relations team:
MINNESOTA WILD RE-SIGNS GOALTENDER JOSH HARDING
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced today the National Hockey League (NHL) team has agreed to terms with goaltender Josh Harding on a one-year contract prior to today’s scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, Ontario.
Harding, 25 (6/18/84), appeared in 19 games – 11 starts – with the Wild in 2008-09, going 3-9-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .929 SV Pct. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound native of Regina, Sask., has appeared in 58 NHL games making 43 starts for Minnesota in parts of four seasons, going 19-27-4 with a 2.49 GAA, a .920 SV% and three career shutouts. Harding was Minnesota’s second-round pick (No. 38 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.